The Magnificent 220 Swift

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  1. 1911nut

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    The Norma brass I had averaged .0155”. It didn’t vary enough that I wanted to do even a clean-up turn.

    Winchester brass varied a lot ( 0.002-0.003”)but with a clean-up turn I got 0.0165”.

    The standard Swift neck is 0.261”
     
  2. 1911nut

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    I keep a book for each rifle so I can look this stuff up.
     
  3. Gary in MD

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    Has anyone tried any of the newer powders that are noted to be more resistant to temperature change in the Swift? I usually don’t get too worried about this, just wondering how the newer powders do with respect to velocity and accuracy?
    Gary
     
  4. AckleymanII

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    I feel as if the Swift is really going to take a hit, the 22 Creed is getting very popular shooting light and heavy bullets.
     
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    05A040B5-5E46-4668-BE1B-D8DCA893F866.jpeg They are going to have to take my swift out of my cold,dead hands!
     
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  6. 1911nut

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    Yup. If I was building a long range hot rod 22, it would be a 22 Creedmoor. Long 8” twist barrel. The 30* shoulder is Magic. And Lapua brass.

    Shilen doesn’t chamber it but Pac-Nor does, hmmm, and I’ve got a Savage target action that wouldn’t mind a different barrel.
     
  7. Barossa_222

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    The 22 Creedmoor is just a glorified 22-243. The Swift has been around since the 50's and is an inherently accurate case.
     
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  8. pirate ammo

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    I just got 100 Norma cases I'm going to load up with 37.5gr. of IMR 4350 with a 60gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip,,please don't tell me I'm wrong, but go ahead if I am.
     
  9. 1911nut

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    “The .220 Swift is a semi-rimmed rifle cartridge developed by Winchester and introduced in 1935...”
     
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  10. 1911nut

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    Nothing wrong with that load, I suggest you try H4350 only because it meters so much smoother than IMR.
     
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  11. Ironworker

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    AA-2700 is the Stuff
     
  12. Barossa_222

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    You are absolutely right. It's been around since the mid 30's. Still going strong.
     
  13. WyleWD

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    I thought the same thing about the 22XC. I've seen a couple of those perform and they are impressive.

    But alas.... the Swift still has its following and probably will have for some time. JMHO. WD
     
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  14. pirate ammo

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    Don't have H-4350 on hand right now and it's going to be a couple of weeks before I order powder..Thanks.
     
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    Got any ww760 or H414? Close to the same burn rate as 4350 and meters like a dream. I believe it burns cooler too.(?) Just a thought. WD
     
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  16. pirate ammo

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    got that and about 10 others that will work,,got a fair selection,,
     
  17. Tom Baker

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    I don't know how many hundreds of pounds of 760 I've burned in Swifts. A lot.

    Back in the day we used Caseguard 800's. Which was a heavy duty 2 gallon jug of Schwanns Ice Cream, filled and leveled off with Swift cartridges. Prairie dog city.
     
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  18. nmkid

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    Yeah the 22 Creedmoor isn't accurate at all
    Yeah, the 22 Creedmoor isn't accurate at all...
     

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  19. DOGCAPPER

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    Love the Swift.. We were both born the same year (well almost). Shot varmits and pest for a long time with a 77, then rechambered a Ruger #3 with a tight twist to 220 .

    Hunted with it until I took up handgun hunting. Really liked the bullet action from a 220 hit. Sierra 50 gr Blitz hold together at 4000+++.
     
  20. pirate ammo

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    John, you need to quit putting up my targets,,:p:p:p
     
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